Fire in Flat Tops now at 72 percent containment; local crews taking over
Crews were able to gain substantial containment on the Cabin Lake Fire Sunday and into Monday. The fire remains at 1,158 acres, and is now 72 percent contained, as of the latest report on the federal InciWeb fire information website.
“Crews will continue to patrol and mop up on the western, southern, and northern sides of the fire,” according to a Monday update from fire management officials. “With a good portion of the fire contained by direct fireline, firefighters and heavy equipment will continue constructing indirect fireline along the eastern side of the fire.”
With fire activity decreasing and containment increasing, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue will transition the Cabin Lake Fire back to a local Type 3 command at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Cabin Lake Fire started July 29 and is burning about 5.5 miles south of the town of Buford, near the New Castle-Buford Road in the Flat Tops.
Seven Lakes Lodge and neighboring cabins remain in pre-evacuation status, and the Buford/New Castle Road is closed at Rio Blanco County Road 10 to Forest Service Road 601 (Meadow Lake Campground turnoff).
The Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest has also implemented an emergency area closure for the Cabin Lake Fire. Information at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138. The public is also asked to stay clear of the area to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.
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